Washington Nationals Outfielder Bryce Harper Delivers ‘Forceful High-Five’ And Worsens Mark DeRosa's Injury

By Eric Haftel

Washington Nationals rookie outfielder Bryce Harper has hurt his first major-league victim, says manager Davey Johnson via the Washington Post:

Mark DeRosa‘s progress returning from a strained left oblique muscle was stunted in an odd way, Johnson said. As Bryce Harper came into the dugout Sunday night after he stole home against the Philadelphia Phillies, DeRosa aggravated his oblique when Harper gave him a forceful high-five.


“I don’t know if that set back the rehab or not,” Johnson said. “But I said, ‘Why didn’t use your [right] hand?’ He said it was spur of the moment.”

Seriously, Harper is so excitable and strong that with a simple high five, he can hurt a man. Harper is obviously no mere mortal, he is superman, or the terminator, or, I got it, the hulk. Bryce Smash! I have to go with the hulk on this one!

Don’t forget, he didn’t only hurt DeRosa, but himself as well.

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Harper needed 10 stitches above his left eye Friday night to heal a self-inflicted wound. After making an out in the seventh, Harper smacked a wall down the tunnel from the Nationals dugout with his bat. The bat bounced back off the wall and smacked him above the left eye, drawing blood immediately.

Seriously though, Harper is obviously strong, and while his bat has yet to develop the way the Nat’s imagined, his defense is better then we ever thought possible.

Check out this freakish throw home and catch during his debut series:



Now, let’s just imagine if Harper’s bat develops the way that it goes off in this highlight reel:


Soon enough we will all get to see the glory that is Bryce Harper. At only 19 years old, he has taken MLB by storm. He will develop into the 5-tool player that we have all been promised. Once that happens, look for the Nats to be one of the best teams out there. With ace Stephen Strasburg throwing the ball better then ever, the Nats look to be on the verge of greatness.

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